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Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback at age 38

Mar 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

World Series Rangers Giants Baseball AP

Vladimir Guerrero has been unemployed since the Blue Jays released him from their Triple-A team in June, but the former MVP is attempting a comeback.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that Guerrero is looking to sign with an MLB team and would be willing to accept a minor-league contract.

Guerrero played a dozen games in the minors for the Blue Jays last season and hit well, at which point he gave the team a “call me up or release me” ultimatum and they released him. Presumably he’s willing to show a little more patience this time around, although after following up his career-worst 2011 production by sitting out nearly an entirely season it may be too late at age 38.

Jim Thome has been unsuccessfully looking for work all offseason, so the market for aging designated hitters isn’t a strong one.

  1. chacochicken - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    In Vlad’s defense, he was probably 38 about 6 years ago.

    • missthemexpos - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Prematurely aged due to his Expo years on the so called “turf” at Olympic stadium.

  2. henryd3rd - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Father Time is still undefeated and Vlad is just another one of his victims. Sad how many athletes never know when the game is over and when to leave the game gracefully.

    Now Vernon Wells is my kind of guy. He told the world he’ll retire after the 2014 season. What a guy. No one needs to tell him when to leave the game.

    • jarathen - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      He needed to leave the game in 2011.

    • sayheyinpa - Mar 2, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Raul Ibanez should be the spokesperson and model for all those who want to stay in pro sports and be productive.

  3. uyf1950 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    He can’t run or field worth a lick but he can probably still hit those worm burners.

  4. exibitsman - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    the Mets should sign him to a minor league contract

  5. maddogg911 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Purest hitter of this generation

    • missthemexpos - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Better to say that he was the best out of the strike zone hitter of this generation.

  6. fukpittsburgh - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Screw Vladimir Guerrero

  7. dowhatifeellike - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    We saw in 2011 that he can still make contact with any pitch, but his power is gone. Can’t be a slap hitter if you can’t run.

  8. cosanostra71 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Loved watching Vlad during his time as a Halo. It would be cool to see some team give him a shot, who knows, maybe he still has something.

  9. jaysjunkie - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    The ultimatum Vladdy gave to the Jays struck me as, uh, somewhat misguided.

    • paint771 - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Yeah. What sucked about that is he had a GM who loved him and was willing to cut a lot of slack for nostalgia, a fan base that would have given him standing Os, a team riddled with injury in a season left for dead, and he was hitting well in a very hitter-friendly AAA league and park. I mean, you were just not going to find a better circumstance if you’re Vlad. I think he was just weeks if not days from a callup, but decided to get pissy about the specific date. And now he’ll probably never get a major league at-bat again.

      I get that you don’t want to be jerked around, but it just struck me as a guy way overplaying a hand he didn’t have.

  10. markhawk17 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Vlad is like a lot of old “sluggers”. PED testing has done them in.

    • markhawk17 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      You can give it all the thumbs down you want but he worked with trainer Angel Presinal. The same guy who “worked” with Bartolo Colon, A Rod and Jose Guillen. Presinal has been banned by MLB from all clubhouses.

      • jwbiii - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        Also Robinson Cano, Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, and Jose Reyes, among many others.

  11. DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    A come back? A COME back????

  12. tuberippin - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    There may not have ever been a better bad-pitch hitter. Those shoelaces home runs were incredible.

  13. midwaymonster161 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Why the hell is becoming back? You had your day, your skills are greatly diminished. Don’t embarrass yourself anymore. Take your tens of millions and go mentor future Latin ball players. Your time has passed Vlad.

    • jwbiii - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      The same reason Manny Ramirez will be playing in Taiwan this season and Jose Canseco played in the Can-Am League last season: Love of the game.

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